Monday, March 24, 2014

Commuter train derailment in Chicago leaves 32 injured this morning

Absolutely terrifying!

Excerpt from NBC Chicago - CTA spokesman Brian Steele, speaking to reporters at 5 a.m., said it was too early to say what caused the crash but said video footage was being reviewed, personnel were being interviewed and that the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified.

The O'Hare station has three "pockets" for trains, each has a bumping post at the end -- a large piece of metal with a shock absorber mechanism behind it, Steele explained.

"It appears as though the train would have been going faster than a train normally berthing at this station would be," he said. "Normally a train pulls in at just a couple miles and hour and pulls into the station. Obviously this train did not stop so speed could be a factor here."

Of those injured, 12 were listed in fair condition at Resurrection Medical Center. All of the patients were adults and were being treated for bumps and bruises. Another seven people were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with reported neck and back pain. A supervisor at Swedish Covenant Hospital said the facility received five people from the crash.



Anonymous said...

Did you post this before or after my email?

C.J. Smith said...

I got your email and also saw it on the tvs down in the teamway when I was exiting my train at 8:06 am.

Bicky said...

I was about to email it to you too but saw you already had it.

April said...

That train climbed the escalator!

You aren't supposed to take strollers or the like on escalators. Don't trains know that they should always take the elevator?

(but I hope everyone recovers without lasting injury)

C.J. Smith said...

Yes, the situation escalated quite quickly.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to post that meme Ms. Smith ... LoL

April said...


Anonymous said...

The driving wanted a raise in his pay.
He was tired of stairing at the platform.
He wanted to climb to new levels.

C.J. Smith said...

It was time to soar to new heights.